City honors retired Lake Elsinore city manager Grant Yates with extravaganza party at Storm Stadium

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Lake Elsinore general manager Grant Yates and his wife, Susan, clap in surprise being honored at his retirement party with the city council and friends at the Lake Elsinore Storm baseball stadium Thursday, March 18. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
“I thought I was just going for a beer,” retiring Lake Elsinore city manager Grant Yates said, who was surprised by more than 100 city employees, city council members, state officials and others at a special retirement party Thursday, March 18, in the parking lot of The Diamond, Storm Stadium in Lake Elsinore. After eight years as the Lake Elsinore city manager and 35 years of public service in other communities, Yates submitted his resignation letter to the Elsinore City Council, Dec. 29, after announcing he planned to do so in November. Seeing the resignation letter, Councilmember Brian Tisdale said he and the other council members sought to surprise Yates and his wife Susan, with a special sendoff. Yates said he was surprised as he arrived at the event and saw the many peop
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